The Prague authorities demanded that the Russian embassy free half a hectare of the total area it occupies. This is a territory that until 1968 was part of the adjacent Stromovka Park.
The request was sent to the Czech government, the head of the Prague-7 municipality Jan Chyzhinsky wrote on Twitter. He clarified that the Prague City Council called on the country’s government to hold talks on bringing the area of the Russian diplomatic mission in line with the state that preceded the invasion of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact troops in August 1968.
According to Czech television, on the vacated half hectare of land, the city authorities want to plant flowers and plant trees, as it was before August 1968.
It is noted that this decision was made against the background of aggravation of relations between the Russian Federation and the Czech Republic after the expulsion of 18 employees of the Russian embassy from the republic and the accusation by the country’s authorities of the alleged involvement of Russian special services in the explosions at ammunition depots in the village of Vrbetice in 2014.
Moscow responded by declaring 20 employees of the Czech embassy persona non grata. The Russian Foreign Ministry denied the accusations of the Czech Republic and called them absurd and unfounded.
Former Czech President Vaclav Klaus previously criticized the actions of the current authorities for the scandal with Russia.